Murat in 2008
|Real name||Karen Muratyan|
|Rated at||Super middleweight
|Height||5 ft 10 1⁄2 in (1.79 m)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
2 September 1983 |
|Wins by KO||17|
Karo Murat (Armenian: Կարո Մուրատ, born Karen Muratyan (Armenian: Կարապետ Մուրադյան; 2 September 1983) is an Armenian-German professional boxer and world title challenger. He is a former European super middleweight champion and the current IBF International light heavyweight champion.
Early professional career
Murat made his professional debut in Hessen, Germany on 23 September 2006 defeating Matus Sestak. Three more fights during his debut year resulted in three more wins including a victory in Austria on 18 November. A very busy 2007 saw Murat fight another eleven times again winning on each occasion and travelling to Russia, Spain, Austria and Switzerland and well as fighting a number of times in Germany. Of his victories during the year, of particular note were wins over Jermain MacKay on 18 August 2007 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin and Emiliano Cayetano at the Seidensticker Halle in Bielefeld on 29 December 2007. Both fighters had boasted only one defeat so far in their careers with Mackay and Cayetano both former Caribbean champions.
European Super Middleweight Champion
On 16 February 2008, in his first fight of the year, Murat defeated Sergey Kharchenko at the Nuremberg Arena to lift the EBU-EE Super Middleweight title via stoppage in the 10th round. In his next fight, Murat travelled to Neubrandenburg to fight for the full European belt against Cristian Sanavia on 12 April 2008, winning with a 12-round unanimous decision. A first defence in Bielefeld on 20 September 2008 resulted in a majority points win over Spain's Gabriel Campillo before meeting Sanavia again on 28 February 2009. The re-match again in Neubrandenburg saw Murat once again come out on top, this time stopping Sanavia in the 10th round and registering a second successful defence of the title.
Move to Light Heavyweight
Having achieved success at super middleweight, Murat moved up to light heavyweight and fought Serhiy Demchencko to win the vacant WBO Light Heavyweight title via unanimous decision on 29 August 2009 in Halle. His first defence against Guyana's Sean Corbin resulted in a second round stoppage win on 30 January 2010. Murat successfully defended his title once more on 1 May 2010 beating Tommy Karpency over 12 rounds, knocking him down in the second, in Oldenburg, Germany. On September 18, 2010 Murat faced Nathan Cleverly in a WBO Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator, losing for the first time in his career by a tenth-round TKO. The bout was waved off by the referee as the 10th round was about to commence, following a doctor's inspection in the corner between rounds. There were no bruises or blood on Karo's face and he was instantly furious at the referee's poor decision. He rebounded from the defeat on 12 February 2011 with an eight-round points win over Christian Cruz and followed this on 7 May 2011 winning the IBF version of the Inter-continental title against American boxer Otis Griffin with an 11th round stoppage. He made his first defence of the title in a rematch against Spaniard Gabriel Campillo on 1 October 2011 in a fight which was also billed as an IBF Title Eliminator with the fighters earning a draw, the first of Murat's career. Murat then faced the IBF Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins on October 26, 2013 in Atlantic City, and lost by unanimous decision.
Professional boxing record
|27 Wins (17 knockouts, 10 decisions), 3 Loss (2 knockout, 1 decisions), 1 Draw|
|Loss||27-3-1||Sullivan Barrera||KO||5 (12)||12/12/2015||Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California||IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator|
|Win||27-2-1||Benjamin Simon||TKO||7 (12)||25/04/2015||Columbiahalle, Kreuzberg, Berlin||Vacant IBF International Light heavyweight title|
|Win||26-2-1||Leo Tchoula||TKO||4 (10)||31/10/2014||Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen|
|Lost||25-2-1||Bernard Hopkins||UD||12||26/10/2013||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||For IBF Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||25-1-1||Sandro Siproshvili||TKO||7 (8)||02/06/2012||Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark|
|Draw||24-1-1||Gabriel Campillo||SD||12||01/10/2011||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title. IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||24–1||Otis Griffin||TKO||11 (12)||07/05/2011||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||23–1||Christian Cruz||UD||8||12/02/2011||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Loss||22–1||Nathan Cleverly||RTD||9 (12)||18/09/2010||LG Arena, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom||WBO Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator.|
|Win||22–0||Tommy Karpency||UD||12||01/05/2010||Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany||Retained WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||21–0||Shawn Corbin||TKO||2 (12)||30/01/2010||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Retained WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||20–0||Serhiy Demchenko||UD||12||29/08/2009||Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Light Heavyweight title.|
|Win||19–0||Cristian Sanavia||TKO||10 (12)||28/02/2009||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Retained European Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Gabriel Campillo||MD||12||20/09/2008||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Retained European Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||17–0||Cristian Sanavia||UD||12||12/04/2008||Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany||Won European Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||16–0||Sergey Kharchenko||TKO||10 (12)||16/02/2008||Nuremberg Arena, Nuremberg, Bayern, Germany||Won vacant EBU-EE Super Middleweight title.|
|Win||15–0||Emiliano Cayetano||TKO||7 (8)||29/12/2007||Seidensticker Halle, Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||14–0||Gabor Balogh||TKO||1 (8)||24/11/2007||Stadthalle, Steyr, Austria|
|Win||13–0||Szabolcs Rimovszky||KO||2 (8)||15/09/2007||Frankie`s BF Arena, Oberpullendorf, Austria|
|Win||12–0||Jermain Mackey||UD||8||18/08/2007||Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||11–0||Sergey Botnikov||KO||4 (4)||30/06/2007||Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia|
|Win||10–0||Mustapha Stini||RTD||2 (6)||26/05/2007||Jako Arena, Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany|
|Win||9–0||Nicolas Perillo||UD||6||08/05/2007||Pabellon San Jose, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain|
|Win||8–0||Sergey Gribkov||UD||6||24/03/2007||Yunost, Kaliningrad, Russia|
|Win||7–0||Pavels Lotahs||UD||6||03/03/2007||Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany|
|Win||6–0||Mirko Sinovcic||TKO||1 (6)||17/02/2007||Universal Hall, Mitte, Berlin, Germany|
|Win||5–0||Yves Romainville||KO||1 (6)||20/01/2007||St. Jakob Halle, Basel, Switzerland|
|Win||4–0||Biagio Patera||UD||4||16/12/2006||BigBox, Kempten, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||3–0||Petr Rykala||TKO||1 (4)||18/11/2006||Stadthalle, Steyr, Austria|
|Win||2–0||Tanju Guenes||KO||1 (4)||04/11/2006||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||1–0||Matus Sestak||KO||1 (4)||23/09/2006||Karl Eckel Halle, Hattersheim am Main, Hessen, Germany|
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- Murat vacates Euro belt to move up to light heavyweight. Pan Armenian (2009-08-21). Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
- Murat : It was hard to part with Euro belt. Armtown. 2009-08-21.
- Murat beats Karpency and retains belt. PanArmenian.net (2010-05-03). Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
- Boxing reports - inc Murat vs. Cruz. Seconds Out (2011-02-14). Retrieved on 2013-10-27.
- "Local boxer beaten in Germany" Sacramento Bee